Christmas 2012: best films on TV today, Tuesday 1 January

Ben-Hur, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Up, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day


Ben-Hur – 1:30pm, Channel 5


Period epic starring Oscar-winning Charlton Heston as wealthy prince Judah Ben-Hur who subjects himself to the tyranny of his Roman masters at the time of Christ and is condemned to almost certain death by his traitorous boyhood friend. 

Mary Poppins – 1:45pm, BBC1

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke star in this much-loved Disney musical comedy about “practically perfect” Mary Poppins who arrives at the household of London banker George Banks to take care of his two unruly children. Packed full of classic tunes, it’s simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

The Wizard of Oz – 4:30pm, Channel 4

A young Judy Garland stars in this quintessential Hollywood production as Dorothy Gale who is whisked off to the strange and dazzling world of Oz when her Kansas home is hit by a tornado. Whilst there she must escape the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West with the help of her motley crew: a scarecrow, a cowardly lion and a tin man. 

Up – 6:30pm, BBC1

Oscar-winning Pixar family animation about grumpy old widower Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) who uses thousands of balloons to fulfil a lifelong dream to float his house to South America – but carries with him an accidental stowaway in the form of eight-year-old scout, Russell. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 8:00pm, Sky Movies Modern Greats

JK Rowling’s magical franchise comes to a dramatic conclusion in this second instalment of the final book. Young wizard Harry Potter enlists the help of best friends Ron and Hermione to mount a final effort to destory evil sorcerer Lord Voldemort, climaxing in a final, devastating battle at Hogwarts school. 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – 9:00pm, ITV2


James Cameron’s sci-fi sequel to action thriller The Terminator sees Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprise their roles. Sarah Connor is insitutionalised and separated from her son, John, who is once again under threat when the machines of 2029 send a cyborg assassin back through time to terminate the potential saviour of the human race.